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ArtsLink showcases Knight

NEW MARTINSVILLE — The photography of Sistersville resident Jane Knight will be on display at ArtsLink’s exhibit set for 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Francis Creative Arts Center, at Maple Avenue and Washington Street. The free event will also feature paintings by Knight. Light refreshments ...

Jazz and commercial music program offered

GLENVILLE — Glenville State College will soon be home to a new concentration of study in its Fine Arts Department. The Jazz and Commercial Music Studies program is designed for the student musician who wants to study the business aspects of the music industry. In addition to the core music ...

“Grandpa Phil” is the title of one of the pictures to be featured in the “These Hands” photo exhibit at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio, through the end of January. (Photo Provided)

‘These Hands’ photos exhibited

ATHENS, Ohio — “These Hands,” a photography exhibit by Elizabeth Nihiser, will hang through Jan. 31 in the performance space at ARTS/West at 132 West State St. in Athens. There is no opening reception for this exhibit. Nihiser is a portrait photographer from Logan, Ohio, who has been ...

Concert to be held Jan. 8

MARIETTA — Dunamis Concerts is inviting the public to a night of testimony and Jan. 8 in Marietta. The event will be 6 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 1100 Mill Creek Road, located off Colgate Drive near Goodwill. Special music will be provided by Melody Joy, a local 17-year-old ...

Mid-Ohio Valley prepares to ring in New Year

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have a number of activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2016 and the arrival of 2017 on New Year’s Eve. Some of those will include: * A New Year’s Eve party will be 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Amvets Post 34, ...

An example of Mike Penn’s work, of the city building. (Photo Provided)

Art exhibit opening Jan. 5

PARKERSBURG —Mike Penn of Penn Studio will hold an art opening from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 5 at Artsbridge, 925 Market St. The exhibit will feature oils, watercolors, pen and ink prints and cards of historic Parkersburg, including many landmarks, past and present; area churches, schools, and ...

Christmas Day meals slated across Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year, with the holiday falling on Sunday. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. ...

Campus Martius Museum to host events

MARIETTA — The Campus Martius Musum will host a couple of events in December and January at 601 Second St. The museum will hold “Meet the Pioneers” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 28, with the special program included as part of regular museum admission. Campus Martius Museum invites the ...

Marietta Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour tour to be held Dec. 26

MARIETTA — For the 21st year, the annual Marietta Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour will be held on the night after Christmas in downtown Marietta and the surrounding neighborhood. The tour will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 232 Third St. in downtown ...

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Parades, Winterfest to be held Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The annual Christmas parades in Vienna and Parkersburg will be Saturday, with Vienna’s beginning at 11 a.m. on Grand Central Avenue and Parkersburg’s beginning at 2 p.m. on Market Street. Santa Claus is expected to participate in both holiday parades, according to ...

The Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles will present a Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg. Among the performers will be Brayden Deuley, left front, and Sam Chidester, right front, with the Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, and Andrew Shaw, left back, and Landon Fowler, right back, members of the Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble. (Photo Provided)

Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles to present Christmas concert

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles will present a Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church at 430 Juliana St. The concert is free and open to the public, with donations accepted. The choral groups are The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, now ...

Betsey Mills to hold doll tea

MARIETTA — Teaching both historical context and exposing young girls to other cultures, The Betsey Mills Club will once again offer its annual doll tea for young girls ages 6 through 12 next week. “The doll tea is a great way to introduce kids to the Betsey,” said Willa O’Neill, ...

The Schrader Youth Ballet Company of Parkersburg will present “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Smoot Theatre, a matinee at 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta and a performance for the schools at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Smoot. Tickets are available. (Photo Provided)

Schrader ballet to perform ‘The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)’

PARKERSBURG — This year’s Schrader Youth Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” will mark 50 years of holiday performances by the organization. Shows will be held 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Smoot Theatre, a matinee performance in Marietta at 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the ...

Blennerhassett to perform ‘Elf’

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg residents will embrace their inner “elf” when students from Blennerhassett Junior Thespian Troupe 88963 present their production of “Elf the Musical Jr.” The musical will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Nov. 18 at Blennerhassett Middle School in ...

Gather Together

PARKERSBURG — Various organizations and churches will continue the annual Thanksgiving Day tradition of providing a free meal to community members on the holiday. ∫ The Parkersburg Salvation Army will hold its annual free Thanksgiving Day Dinner beginning at 11:30 a.m. today on Fifth ...

Holiday light parades planned

PARKERSBURG — A number of holiday lighted parades are planned for Saturday and Sunday. ∫ The annual Belpre Holiday Lights Festival displays will begin today, with more than 160 lighted pieces placed throughout the city of Belpre, along with Howes Grove, River Access and Civitan parks. ...

Shopping event to help snack efforts

PARKERSBURG — Local vendors will offer Christmas shopping in a relaxed atmosphere Saturday, along with an opportunity to assist school children in need. Proceeds from admission and registration for the second annual Holiday Wine’d Down Shopping Event will benefit the GFWC Parkersburg ...

Art Center to hold open house

PARKERSBURG — As part of national “Shop Small” Saturday, the Parkersburg Art Center will be opening its doors at no charge all day on Saturday for a Holiday Open House. Art Center director Abby Hayhurst said there will be a number of activities planned just for the day, and all are ...

Holiday in Park nears

PARKERSBURG — The annual Holiday In the Park lights display at City Park in Parkersburg begins with a lighting ceremony Saturday and will remain open through Dec. 31. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the main City Park horseshoe pits where Santa Claus will be handing out ...

Actors Guild presents ‘Scrooge’

By JEFF BAUGHAN jbaughan@newsandsentinel.com PARKERSBURG — Christmas is coming a bit early on the stage of the Actors Guild of Parkersburg. “Scrooge: The Musical,” the next production of the 2016-17 season, begins a three-weekend performance schedule Friday, which is ...